Community Development

Chris Haese: Director of Community Development & Assessment

Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day)

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In This Department


To serve as the catalyst to a vibrant, growing community

The Department of Community Development and Assessment is responsible for Local Economic Development, Long Range Planning, Real Estate and Personal Property Assessment, Building Inspections, Weights and Measures, Grants Administration, and Land Use Regulation (Zoning).

Latest News

Houses Into Homes Program

The City of Neenah Houses Into Homes Program is an initiative aimed at helping residents improve eligible single and two-family residential properties by providing both grants and loans.

The program will initially be available in the Doty Island area for homes included in the eligibility map.

Click below for more information webpage:

2024 Comprehensive Plan Update

The current City Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2017. In summer-2023, the Community Development Department and the City’s Plan Commission began reviewing each element (chapter) of the Comprehensive Plan making changes to demographic, housing and economic data that was released as part of the 2020 US Census, modifying statements that may no longer be relevant, and updating the status of the recommendations identified in the Plan.

The Plan Commission will review the full Comprehensive Plan update on March 12, 2024 and Common Council will hold a public hearing on March 20, 2024 to review the Plan.

Click below for updated Plan webpage:

Winnebago County Revolving Loan Fund

City of Neenah business owners!

The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation and Winnebago County have announced the launch of the Winnebago County Revolving Loan Fund (WCRLF). This innovative program activates $2.7 million in underutilized economic development funds, making it easier for businesses to access vital capital.

Designed as a flexible gap financing tool, WCRLF matches traditional capital investments from $25,000 to $250,000, supporting a wide range of business activities within Winnebago County. From land and building acquisition to employee training, the flexibility of projects addresses the diverse business needs for growth in Winnebago County.

2023 Annual Report

The City of Neenah Community Development Department remained busy in 2023. Check out the accomplishments of the Department by clicking on the following link:

Order City of Neenah Logo Wear

Stop by City Hall and pick from our selection of mugs, bags, and other non-clothing items.

Purchase City of Neenah clothing through the link below:

Neenah Next Downtown Master Plan

The City of Neenah, in conjunction with the Neenah Central City Business Improvement District, developed a master plan for Downtown Neenah which will create a vision for the future of the greater downtown area.

2022 Annual Report

The City of Neenah Community Development Department remained busy in 2022. Check out the accomplishments of the Department by clicking on the following link:

Bird Scooters are back in Neenah!

Transportation can be activated through Bird’s free mobile phone application. Click the button to learn more:

S. Commercial Street Commercial Building Improvement Grant

The City has expanded façade improvement program to the S. Commercial Street district which is generally located between Cecil Street on the north and Alcott Drive on the south.  For more information, click below

Opportunity Zone Information

Click for more information on Neenah’s Opportunity Zone.

Web-Based Historic Sanborn Map Application

Click below to take a look at Historic Neenah using the historic Sanborn maps, dating from 1884-1913.